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Cornwall woodcarver granted lay-by trade licence

Cornwall woodcarver granted lay-by trade licence

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 1:16pm 24th April 2018.

A woodcarver who sells items from a layby has been given a licence to trade despite concerns being raised about “sexual activity” in the area.

Des Peterson, who trades as Woodall Products, had applied for a street trading licence to operate from the layby on the A3072 at Launcells, near Bude, from April to October.

Mr Peterson is said to have operated from the layby over previous summers selling the carvings he makes with a chainsaw.

However his application attracted an objection from a member of the public who had concerns ranging from sexual activity on site to the way that vehicles were being parked and rubbish.

They state in their submission: “The layby has turned into a terrible, frightening and lawless place. It seems a place of sexual activities (suspicious people day and night, used condoms and pornographic material as evidence on the ground), a dumping ground for all sorts of trade waste and worst of all this shameful full-time resident the wood carver.”

The submission claimed that the layby had been left in a mess, the woodcarver had been living on the site, burned rubbish and cut trees down in the area to use for carvings.

The objector added: “In my family we have a saying, ‘what you don’t want don’t do to somebody else’. I am sure none of the committee members would like the woodcarver, sexual activities or waste dumping in front of their property.

“The sexual activities and waste dumping is difficult to treat, but to withdraw a licence from somebody clearly with no regard should be the right direction into a positive and better future.”

The committee received a letter in support of Mr Peterson’s application from Phil Eaton, gypsy and traveller liaison officer. He said: “Des Peterson is probably the only woodcarver who resorts to Cornwall, we have four or five a year, that actually tries to comply with the law and I am sure he will assist you, and Highways, in any way he can to ensure he gets his temporary licence.”

Cornwall Council’s street trading sub-committee granted a licence for Mr Peterson although have placed restrictions that he can only trade between 7am and 10pm.

Other restrictions include the vehicles Mr Peterson can have on site – a showman’s wagon can remain on site overnight, but a Bedford lorry used for the trading has to be removed. Two other vehicles included in the application, an Iveco campervan and Bedford lorry with crane, have been refused permission to be kept on the site.

The licence was granted on the condition that: “Waste, including green waste, waste wood, wood chippings, shavings sawdust and bark shall be cleared from site immediately after any wood working activity and contained within appropriate receptacles. Such waste shall be removed from site and disposed of in an appropriate manner.”

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